Collusion of Baptist Pastors Sex Abuse- part 3
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Since: Oct 07
#1 Jun 25, 2010
Marion Bud Fray (a former area director for the Southern Baptist Conventions Foreign Mission Board): After a missionary kid told her dormitory housemother about her fathers abuse, a report was made to Fray, who confronted the missionary/preacher/father. The man admitted to a little fondling but said it happened a long time ago. So Fray did nothing and the man went on to abuse more kids.
Steve Gaines (senior pastor of the flagship Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN): He knowingly kept quiet about an admitted child molester on his ministerial staff. He even allowed the child-molesting-minister to serve as a counselor for congregants who said they had been molested in childhood. So, a known child-molesting-minister was able to sit in a church office and feed off asking molested individuals for details about exactly what happened.
Mitch Gavin (former chair of the SBC Executive Committees sub-committee that was purportedly designated for addressing clergy sex abuse): A Southern Baptist clergy abuse survivor wrote to Gavin about the sexual abuse inflicted on him as an adolescent boy, named the Louisiana minister he was accusing, told of another known victim, and said he had previously contacted the SBC only to be rebuffed. This time was no better. Gavin directed him to Ephesians 4:31-32:Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, forgiving one another, even as God for Christs sake hath forgiven you.(email correspondence of July 18, 2007)
Rick Grant (pastor of First Baptist Church of Benton, Arkansas): Even after a child-molesting music minister didnt deny allegations of child sex abuse, and even after he provided Grant with a list of 12 boys with whom he had inappropriate contact, Grant sat back. He accepted the perpetrators explanation that the dalliances with boys were confined to an isolated period in the past. Not until he learned of a 13th victim did Grant finally decide that he had no recourse but to fire the minister, and he minimized it to the congregation as being due to moral failures. When a case arose that was still within the statute of limitations, it became known that 3 adult men had told Grant about the ministers abuse of them as teens. Finally, it came to light that the minister had been able to sexually victimize scores of boys at the First Baptist Church of Benton over the past 20 years or more.
Will Hall (SBC public spokesperson and an SBC vice-president): Wrongly said that, for Baptists, there had been a low number of clergy sex abuse cases and suggested there had been only 40 incidents in 15 years. EthicsDaily called on him to issue a correction, but of course, that never happened.
Bryan Herrington (senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Port St. Lucie, FL): After the churchs youth minister pled no contest to child abuse (and after he was originally charged with sexual battery), and even though the charges involved a girl he was counseling at the church, pastor Herrington testified on the ministers behalf and said he was an exemplary church employee.
Anthony Jordan (executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma): Kept a letter in a file cabinet in which a Southern Baptist pastor admitted to sexual abuse of a young boy.(He also kept a second letter in which the pastor purported to retract his admission.) Meanwhile, the man continued to pastor an independent church, and then he even got a part-time job driving a school bus. At that point, the earlier victim pleaded with Jordan to do something, telling him You have the evidence use it! Finally, after over a year of effort, the victim was able to obtain a copy of the letters, which the victim himself then delivered to the school superintendent.
Since: Jan 07
#2 Jun 25, 2010
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